Ex-F1 racer Will Stevens returns to WRT Audi Blancpain sprint squad

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens will return to the WRT Audi team for the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at the Hungaroring later this month

Ex-F1 racer Will Stevens returns to WRT Audi Blancpain sprint squad

The former Caterham and Manor F1 racer will take up his place in the Belgian team's Sprint Cup line-up alongside Markus Winkelhock in Hungary on August 27.

The 26-year-old had replaced by three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer at last month's Spa 24 Hours Endurance Cup BGTS round.

Stevens will then contest the Sprint Cup finale at the Nurburgring in September alongside Winkelhock, with whom he lies second in the points after three of the five rounds.

"The plan is to finish the season with WRT, and I've been back in the car today at the Hungaroring and had a really strong test," Stevens told Autosport.

"I believe that 'Winkie' and me are a good partnership and I have a good feeling about the rest of the season."

It is unclear whether Stevens, who described the Sprint Cup as his "main focus", will contest the final BGTS endurance round at Barcelona in October.

WRT boss Vincent Vosse said that it was "always my wish" that Stevens would return to the team and that he was "still working" on having him in a car at Barcelona.

Stevens and WRT have declined to offer an explanation as to why the Briton missed Spa.

Alongside team-mates Marcel Fassler and Dries Vanthoor, he had failed to finish any of the three endurances races held prior to the double-points round in Belgium.

Stevens will also race a GT3 car for the first time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife this weekend when he lines up at the wheel of a Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 in the fifth round of the VLN season.

The drive in the six-hour race alongside with Christian Krognes, Michele di Martino and Matias Henkola follows an outing with the same team aboard a BMW M235i one-make racer in the VLN opener in March.

"It will be a challenge, but I'm looking to pick up some experience on the Nordschleife in a GT3 car," he said.

The drive will come just one week after Stevens had an outing in the Pirelli World Challenge with the factory-supported Absolute Racing Bentley team at the Utah circuit near Salt Lake City.

He drove in the Pro-Am class together with team regular Andrew Kim in what was a one-off appearance.

"I'm trying to do as many things as possible to open doors and give me options for the future," said Stevens, who won the GTE Am class at Le Mans in June with the British JMW Ferrari team.

shares
comments
Why Super GT could catch Button out
Previous article

Why Super GT could catch Button out

Next article

Nissan, Honda and Toyota commit teams to first Suzuka 10 Hours

Nissan, Honda and Toyota commit teams to first Suzuka 10 Hours
Load comments
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

National
Oct 15, 2021
The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021